Five Essential Uses of Castor Oil (that really work!)

Castor Oil Uses and RemediesCastor oil is an age old Ayurvedic remedy with quite a number of beneficial uses.  Although it can seem too good to be true, this thick, sticky oil is not only affordable and easy to obtain, but it is indeed extremely effective as well.  Whether you are suffering from itchy, allergy eyes or something deeper such as an unwanted fibroid or cyst, this versatile oil can come to the rescue, making it an Ayurvedic self-care essential. Continue reading »

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Get Back to the Basics: 9 Simple Guidelines for an Ayurvedic Diet

Ayurvedic Food Combining Chart Although Ayurveda can get a bit complicated at times, I always feel that it is best to keep things simple and stick to the basics.  If you avoid getting lost in all of the information out there, you will discover that finding a healthy Ayurvedic diet doesn’t have to be overly tedious with endless lists of complex food rules and food charts.  Although these can be helpful at times, they can also lead to excessive stress around food, over-analyzation and just utter confusion.  In fact, the stress and frustration created by trying to follow anything to a tee (especially detailed food lists), can be as detrimental as some poor eating habits.  These common dietary turmoils tend to produce paranoia and fear around eating as well. Continue reading »

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Yoga Pose of the Month: Ustrasana (aka Camel Pose)

Ustrasana: Camel PoseThe winter season is often a time of increased Kapha dosha, causing symptoms such as coldness, congestion, depression, stagnation and heaviness.  Therefore it is only fitting to choose a Yoga pose that will help to balance some of these common wintertime Kapha issues.  Ustrasana, translated as camel pose,  is a great choice, as it is well known for its ability to increase circulation, warmth and digestion while removing heaviness and fatigue.  Continue reading »

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Ayurvedic Facial Diagnosis: What are the Lines on your Face Revealing about your Health?

Although they say you should not judge a book by its cover, it is true that you can read a lot into one’s health by examining the lines on their face.  In Ayurveda, facial diagnosis is a common practice and powerful diagnostic tool, just as reading the tongue, nails and pulse.  Often this is done as a complimentary practice to confirm ideas and findings, but also can reveal hidden secrets that may not have been so clear.  By reading the lines on a person’s face, one can reveal current disorders, past history of disorders, or even potential disorders to come.  Since the lines do not tend to appear overnight, these telltale signs are often revealing chronic (long-term) issues such as malabsorption, low liver energy, weakness in the kidneys, adrenal fatigue and even emotional disturbances such as unresolved grief. Continue reading »

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Trikatu Churna: A Traditional Ayurvedic Formula for Weight Loss, Sluggish Digestion and Congestion (aka Kapha Imbalance)

Trikatu Churna is a well known Ayurvedic formula used both as a dietary spice as well as herbal medicine.  Translated, Trikatu is called the “three pungents” (meaning hot or spicy), and of course for very good reason.  Being extremely hot by nature, this formula is often used to stimulate the digestion (Agni) and metabolism, increase circulation, burn toxins, remove congestion, reduce inflammation and treat many respiratory disorders.  Therefore Trikatu is mostly used for Kapha imbalances, and equally avoided for most Pitta disorders.    Continue reading »

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How to Give Up your Daily Coffee Habit with Ayurveda

If you are like most individuals, giving up your daily coffee habit is not an easy task to accomplish.  Of course there is the physical addiction and dependency that the caffeine creates, the mentally addictive aspect, and simply the ritual around drinking that warm cup each morning to start your day.  Even the aroma of coffee may spark your nostalgic desire for this all too popular beverage.  With all of these factors, along with the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that can last 7-14 days on average, it is no wonder why giving up coffee is such a hard goal to tackle (and unfortunately often failed). Continue reading »

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14 Ways to Stay Healthy for the Holidays

healthy holiday tipsHolidays are a special time of year for family, friends and celebration.  Unfortunately it also can be a time for over-eating, over-drinking, over-working and over-stressing.  Between the endless shopping adventures, traveling, pot-lucks and parties; one is likely to spiral themselves into a season of out-of-control food, drink and stress binge.  Continue reading »

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